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spelt flour to start a starter

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ques2008's picture
ques2008

spelt flour to start a starter

has anyone ever used spelt flour to make a starter?  i read somewhere that whole wheat and organic flours are usually best.  i have some left over spelt and would like to use it before it expires.  i am starting my sourdough education next year, so just wanted to know if spelt flour is recommended or is a big NO, or "it don't really matter what flour you use"?


anyone?

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

Why?  I don't know it just happens.  Usually takes longer.  I would start a rye starter and then slowly convert it to spelt. There is a thread here where it took quite a while.  Might be listed under spelt starters in the search box.


Mini

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LeadDog

I did a spelt starter a while back for a 100% spelt loaf that I wanted to make.  Seems to me it went right along the lines of what I would expect to happen if it was a wheat starter.

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ques2008

thank you mini oven and leaddog.  so as not to take a chance, i'll use rye or wheat flour then to do my starter.


 

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LeadDog

My first one was pure Spelt.  I don't want to keep extra starters around so now when I make the 100% Spelt bread I use about 2 or 3 grams of my regular starter and build it up from that.  It works fine and the bread tastes great.

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weekend_baker

In Crust, Richard Bertinet uses spelt in with the white wheat flour to get his starter going--and then adds 90g of spelt to each loaf after he has moved the mature starter over on to just wheat flour feeding.


I've done this twice now (starting the starter)--both times were great.


But if you want to use the spelt up and are feeling wary, you should definitely add a bit of spelt to your other breads--it gives it a wonderful soft nutty texture.

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ques2008

you've all been very helpful with your comments.  I did make spelt bread once and yes it was nutty, since then i have not used it again.  will have to use it again soon!